Private Tour - Simply Vietnam

  • 16 Days

  • Vietnam

Your private tour of Vietnam will take you on a journey of discovery through bustling markets, serene temples and magnificent coastal landscapes. Starting in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, you will travel with your guide to Halong Bay where the limestone islands rise above the water. You'll continue to Hoi An to see the temples and maybe even take a cookery class. From here, travel to Ho Chi Minh City, cruise along the Perfume River, visit the floating markets and the historic winding Cu Chi tunnels. This tour of Vietnam is a real feast for the senses.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Services of a local representative
Accommodation
Selected meals
All airport taxes
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

of 16 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 21st September 2017

Meals included: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners

Overview

Your private tour of Vietnam will take you on a journey of discovery through bustling markets, serene temples and magnificent coastal landscapes. Starting in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, you will travel with your guide to Halong Bay where the limestone islands rise above the water.  You'll continue to Hoi An to see the temples and maybe even take a cookery class. From here, travel  to Ho Chi Minh City, cruise along the Perfume River, visit the floating markets and the historic winding Cu Chi tunnels. This tour of Vietnam is a real feast for the senses.

At a glance

  • Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House
  • Chua Thay Phuong Pagoda
  • Overnight Boat Trip And Visit To Caves
  • Marble Mountains
  • Boat Trip To The Thien Mu Pagoda Cai Rang
  • Sampan Cruise To Floating Market

Extensions

  • 3 night Phu Quoc beach extension

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension.

Day 1

Depart UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Arrive Hanoi

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Hanoi

Vietnam's capital is an attractive, laid back city with charming French-Colonial style buildings, spacious boulevards and cheerful, bustling markets. Today's included sightseeing tour takes in many of the city's highlights, including the Temple of Literature, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and gateways and One Pillar Pagoda - designed to resemble a lotus blossom. You will also see Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, Hoan Kiem Lake, the History Museum and the fascinating network of alleyways and shop houses which make up the Old Quarter.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Hanoi

Today's full day excursion begins with a drive amidst tranquil countryside to Chua Thay Pagoda. Beautifully ornate and serene, Chua Thay is home to an ancient stage where it is believed the first water puppet show was performed. Next head to Tay Phuong Pagoda, one of Vietnam's first pagodas, to admire the carved wooden roof, elaborate colourful sculptures and its unique architectural shape, said to resemble a buffalo.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Hanoi - Halong

Drive through picturesque Hai Hung Province to Halong for a stay on board a Halong cruise boat. After lunch, your boat sets sail to wind between dramatic limestone islands. Explore the Sung Sot (Surprising Cave) grotto before visiting Luon Cave by rowing boat. NOTE: An overnight bag is recommended for your Halong Bay cruise.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Halong - Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An

Continue cruising on Halong Bay this morning. Visit Titov, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Bay where you can climb 400 steps to be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view. Disembark your boat late morning, and journey back to Hanoi to board your flight to Danang, Vietnam's fourth largest city. Pass tranquil rural scenery and traditional villages en route to the charming town of Hoi An, where you will stay for three nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Hoi An

Nestled on the banks of the Thu Bon River, Hoi An is a vibrant yet traditional town brimming with wooden houses, colourful temples, ornate architecture and a vast selection of bespoke tailoring shops. Today, explore the town on a leisurely walking tour taking in sights such as the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Sa Huynh Museum with its early Hoi An history, and a family chapel. In the afternoon, board a local boat for a cruise down the Thu Bon River.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Hoi An

Today is free to further explore Hoi An. You may wish to take a cooking class or take a day trip by local ferry to the beautiful Cham Island.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Hoi An - Danang - Hue

Today journey back towards Danang where you will visit the Cham Museum. Afterwards, journey past the pretty island-like stretch of palm-shaded sand at Lang Co and through the spectacular Hai Van Pass, to the imperial walled city of Hue. Your included sightseeing tour takes in the Forbidden Purple City, modelled on Beijing's famed Forbidden City, and includes visits to Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, the Halls of the Mandarins and the Nine Dynastic Urns.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Hue - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Begin today with an included boat trip on the Perfume River to the pretty Thien Mu Pagoda, made up of seven tiers, each of which is dedicated to a form or step assumed by Buddha to reach enlightenment. Preserved within the Pagoda's sanctuary is the Austin motorcar used to transport monk Thich Quang Duc to the site of his 1963 self-immolation. Continue up the river to the Imperial Tomb of Minh Mang, a majestic complex of courtyards, pavilions and temples in a beautiful setting. Later, head to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's largest and most vibrant city and is packed with timeless traditions, an ancient culture, fantastic architecture, bustling markets and a modern business district. Today's included sightseeing tour takes in Dong Khoi Street, the main shopping thoroughfare, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Afterwards visit the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, as well as the Chinese district, Cholon.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Ho Chin Minh and Cu Chi Tunnels

An exciting day lies ahead on the included full day excursion to Cu Chi, an important base during the Vietnamese War due to its strategic location. Learn about the impressive 200km tunnel network constructed by the Viet Cong to connect command posts, hospitals, shelters and weapon factories.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho

Today you will journey south to Cai Be. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, this bustling town is known for its large floating market, where traditional food produce is displayed on bamboo poles. Board a motorised sampan for an introduction to life on the river and cruise to Vinh Long, from here you will journey by road to Can Tho, Mekong Delta's economic hub, for your overnight stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City

Join an early morning cruise to the vibrant town of Cai Rang and board a sampan to sail through the colourful floating market. Return to Can Tho to enjoy lunch before driving back to Ho Chi Minh.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Ho Chi Minh City - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Phu Quoc.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Hanoi: Movenpick Hotel Hanoi;
  • Halong Bay: La Vela (cruise boat);
  • Hoi An: Essence Hoi An;
  • Hue: Indochine Palace Hue;
  • Can Tho: Victoria Can Tho Resort.
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Pullman Saigon Centre.

Notes

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

Why book with Archers Holidays?